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Your local Regional Training Seminar (RTS) will feature a session on 'Coming Financial Changes'.

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A one day interactive introductory course on local council finance with pointers to key legislation and guidance.

Why should you attend?

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the council's duties in financial management.
  • Get a grasp of relevant legislation and guidance.
  • Find out what financial activities happen over a course of a financial year and their processes.
  • Understand the processes involved with those infrequent activities and specialist areas that require specific financial treatment.
  • Find out where you can go for more detailed guidance.

Who should attend?

  • All Town, Parish or Community Clerks and those involved with the financial management of the council.
  • A great course for new Clerks in post or a re-fresher course.

Course outline:

  • Legislation and guidance
  • Preparing for the financial year ahead
  • Keeping control during the financial year
  • After the financial year ends - accounts and audit
  • Charities
  • Open forum

Content is adjusted for those courses that take place in Wales.


0930 - 1630*

* This is a one day course. Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

About the trainer's

Steve Parkinson (England courses with the exception of Chippenham - 9th November)
Steve Parkinson was Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015 and has 30 years of local government finance experience at county, district and town council level.  An experienced trainer, Steve has been delivering VAT and finance CPD courses for local councils since 2009.  He works part-time as Development Manager for SLCC and also runs his own small practice, providing training and consultancy.  His SLCC role includes acting as National VAT Advisor and he is a regular speaker at conferences.

Since 2013 Steve has been Chairman of the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG), which produces guidance for smaller authorities and he is widely recognised for his knowledge of local council finance and VAT. He has been a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians for over 25 years, becoming a Fellow in 1996.

An active member of SLCC since 2001, Steve has previously served as Chairman of the Hampshire Branch (2003-06), Vice Chairman of the society’s National Executive Council (2007-10) and National Finance Advisor (2009-10).  His experience includes representing SLCC before a parliamentary Select Committee and in discussions with Government departments, the former Audit Commission and HM Revenue and Customs.  In 2010 SLCC awarded him their Outstanding Contribution award.

Gwilym Rippon (Wales courses and Chippenham - 9th November)
Gwilym Rippon is a Town Clerk to Kington Town Council in Herefordshire, a clerk to 2 small Parish Councils in Shropshire Bettws y Crwyn and Newcastle and a Clerk  to a Community Council in Powys, Abermule (with) Llandyssil Community Council.  Previously a Police  Officer for 33 years came into the sector by accident  but now thoroughly enjoys the work. Is the only Clerk  that holds CiLCA England and Wales qualifications.  Has attended the University of Gloucestershire and has attained a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Engagement and Governance.

Gwilym wears several hats of the society, those being: Trainer for Wales, Employment support Officer and Deputy Advisor for Wales. He has been elected by Powys Branch to sit on the National Executive Council (NEC) for the SLCC. At the time of writing Gwilym is also a board member of the Institute of Local Council Management (ILCM) and is a member of the Institute. Gwilym is also a member of the International Institute of  Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and attended his first internal conference in Brussels in June 2014.



"I found the course very helpful. It provided a clear introduction to the finance requirements of managing a parish or town council and there was plenty of opportunity to raise questions and ideas throughout the day. Just one day is not perhaps enough for comprehensive training on Council finance but this course covered all the relevant areas in a constructive and lively manner with some interesting interactive elements to stimulate the attendees". Anon

Delegate Fees:

If your Clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, but these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.

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Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

At a similar time you will also be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course. It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

Terms & Conditions of booking


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